To help countries reduce time and cost for cross-border trade, the United Nations Regional Commissions conduct a Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation.

In the latest Report published by the United Nations concerning the survey conducted for 2021, where most of the questions related to the functioning of the Customs Administration, the Republic of North Macedonia is ranked best in Southern and Southeastern Europe and high at European level.

The Report assesses five categories: transparency, formalities, institutional agreements and cooperation, paperless trade and paperless cross-border trade. The survey has been conducted since 2015, every two years, and in 2021 it was conducted on grounds of an updated survey, developed by the UN Regional Commissions in cooperation with UNCTAD, ICC, OECD and many other cooperating institutions. This year's survey covered 58 measures, including a new set of "Trade Facilitation in Crisis" measures that address immediate and long-term measures aimed at tackling crisis situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results of the survey enable countries to monitor their progress in implementing measures for sustainable and digital trade facilitation and serve as evidence-based policy-making helping to identify areas which need greatest efforts to address the remaining political, legal , regulatory and technical obstacles, such as needs for capacity building and technical assistance. Member States can benefit from the experiences of other countries and learn from good practice.

The full Report is available at the following link:

https://www.untfsurvey.org/region?id=ECE&fbclid=IwAR2yOgJlAs0Fi47usUddGqVeA08NmSPsVLDWTJqhjyKFkSIqbrLJqhATBqI